This is the guy who tried to write a column called “I’m not a fan of the new home business”? I’m not. But there are plenty of people who do it, and it would be foolish to deny it. The homebuilding industry is still very new, and there are people who still think you have to be a salesman or an entrepreneur.
Yes, because some of us are still trying to figure out what they mean by “enterprise.” Many of them will tell you that they want to make it their business to be an entrepreneur. If you’re a big enough guy (or in the case of my mother, a big enough woman, she is, because she is a big, big woman), you can go to conferences and hear speakers talk about what it means to be an entrepreneur.
Many people I work with talk about being an entrepreneur, because they don’t understand what it is, but they want to be in it. They want to be in the action. Many of them were entrepreneurial in their past because they were afraid or felt they were unlovable. In business, it is a way of dealing with the criticism you receive about your abilities and your abilities, or lack thereof, that some people give you.
I was in a situation like that. I was an entrepreneur when I was younger. I was an entrepreneur in the past, and I am an entrepreneur now. I was an entrepreneur in the past because I felt I was unlovable, and I am an entrepreneur now because I am in the action.
I think it is actually a good thing because so many people are afraid of the entrepreneurial self. They don’t want to be that guy who tries to start a business they don’t like and end up being the one who failed.
But just to be fair to this entrepreneur, I can’t really blame anyone for trying to create a business they dont like. After all, if it were really easy to do and the odds were against you, what would you be doing all day? Or maybe you’d be sitting in a chair with a cold beer and checking out the world, but you’d have to get up for work in the morning.
I am that guy. And that’s not because I’m jealous of entrepreneurs. In fact, I’ve probably made a dozen or more startups at one point or another. Most of them failed, but I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way.
The reason that Ive been so successful is because Ive learned to be humble. That means that I dont have to try to be all things to all people. Ive learned that you can succeed where others failed, and that just shows me that Im not the only one who can do it. Ive learned that you just have to be willing to fail.
You see, its tough to be humble when youve been upstaged by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk. There was a time when I wouldnt have believed it either. My greatest fear was that I was doomed to failure. But through hard work and determination, Ive learned a few things.
If you believe you can do something, you can do it. Ive discovered that if you are a genuine, genuine, genuine person who is willing to put in the work, and you are truly committed to doing it, and you put your heart and soul into it, then a lot of doors will open for you. But most important, you will NEVER give up.